The purpose of Kickstart This! is to alert our readers to Kickstarter campaigns entering their final week. These are the pick of the Kickstarter litter in our opinion, and if we could, we’d be personally backing every last one of these.

So take a look at these campaigns if they haven’t yet crossed your radar!

Kickstart This! #179: Tanares Adventures + Arena: The Contest 1.5

“Arena: The Contest is a tactical combat board game with two Game Modes: Player versus Player team competition, and a cooperative mode with both one-shot adventures and an Epic Campaign. Tanares Adventures is a massive expansion with over 40 miniatures, extending the total Campaign content to 100+ hours featuring dozens of villains, while PvP Mode gets multiple new possibilities with Heroes and Companions from a new Combat role.”

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Kickstart This! #178: Genotype: A Mendelian Genetics Game

“A worker placement, dice-drafting game set in St. Thomas’ Abbey, where Gregor Mendel performed his paradigm-shifting experiments. 1-5 players take the roles of research scientists competing to collect and validate experimental data on pea plants. Players will spend time working on the monastery grounds, simulate plant breeding with dice and Punnett Squares, and use funding to further their research opportunities.”

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Kickstart This! #174: Kanban EV

“Kanban EV focuses on resource and time management, putting the player in the driver’s seat of an entire production facility, racing for factory goals and the highest level of promotion. Players take on the role of rookie employees trying to secure their careers. They need to manage supplies and suppliers, improve and innovate automobile parts, and get their hands greasy on the assembly line in order to boost production and impress Sandra, the factory manager.”

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Kickstart This! #173: The Rival Networks

“The Rival Networks is a standalone two-player version of The Networks. You and your opponent are new television networks, and you need new programming. For this, you’ll need Shows, Stars, and Ads. Finally, shows age and viewers lose interest, so you have to keep your line-up fresh by canceling shows and sending them into reruns. Fortunately, you can get viewers from your reruns, and you’ll get bonuses if you get a lot of shows of the same genre throughout the game. ”

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Kickstart This! #171: It’s a Wonderful World Ascension

It’s a Wonderful World is a card drafting and engine building game where players draft 7 cards and then choose which ones to recycle (to immediately acquire Resources) and which ones to keep (for Construction, producing Resources and/or gaining victory points each round). Ascension cards introduce new ways to play, most notably through pair scoring and corruption, and also allows play with up to 6 players.

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